Eric Dennison is an artist for the Danforth Agency. Very good, he’s worked his way up, handling some important clients, and hopes to make art director some day.
When Theron Claymore is hired, Eric recognizes the predator in him immediately. Good looking and a huge brown noser, he starts insinuating himself into the lives of everyone, including his bosses. Even socializing with them, something Eric had never done or had any inclination to do.
But when he started infringing on Eric and his work, something had to be done. The digs at him, everything from stuffed shirt to insinuations of being gay, didn’t bother Eric. But when he stole some ideas and modified them, hijacking his client, Something had to be done.
And Eric did something.
Nice tale with a nice twist along the way.
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THE PLAY OF LIGHT AND SHADOW is one of those classic locked room mysteries. A painting, recently acquired, is stolen from the party being thrown to celebrate it by the rich owner. The room has only one way in or out and was locked.
Darnell is the P.I. hired to guard it from the thief supposedly after it.
Charles Riveau is the artist, a former art thief who’d spent fifteen years in prison, who’d continued to paint while locked away. He’d never ratted on his partner, Paul Marchand, and the man was known only by a journal Riveau kept. No one knew what he looked like and he had no record. Riveau had angered him by not renewing the partnership and Marchand had vowed to steal all Riveau’s work, destroying it to keep fame from boosting the artist’s paintings. The works were never seen again after the thefts.
Riveau was dead now.
Darnell’s best suspect was found murdered, which brought the police and a quandry. Which guest was Marchand and where was the painting.
Liked this novelette.
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